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November 8, 2010

Mexican reporter killed in Matamoros crossfire

Crime reporter Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero was killed on Friday during crossfire between the Mexican army and gunmen in the border city of Matamoros, the NewYork-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local news. The shooting was among a series of violent events that took place the same day in Matamoros, and led to the killing of Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, leader of the Gulf drug cartel. Guajardo Romero, 37, a reporter with the local daily newspaper Expreso... MORE
October 26, 2010

Mexico: Questionable video allegations about murders of two journalists

In a video posted Monday on the website of the daily newspaper El Diario (and subsequently posted on YouTube), the abducted brother of former Chihuahua state attorney general Patricia González, lawyer Mario Ángel González, has accused her of ordering the murder of two journalists. González is seen handcuffed and surrounded by five heavily armed masked men in the video. Responding to questions, he says that the articles of Armando Rodríguez Carreón of El Diario and Enrique Perea Quintanilla, the... MORE
October 15, 2010

Mexico: Police raid silences Chiapas community radio station

The police and judicial authorities in the southeastern state of Chiapas on October 12 raided Radio Proletaria, a community radio station in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in which arrests were made and the station was summarily dismantled, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The raid was carried out at night by around 30 armed and masked members of the police and the Chiapas State Attorney-General’s Office (PGJE), who did not identify themselves or show... MORE
October 14, 2010

Mexican journalists demand President tackle climate of impunity

Mexican journalists in the drug-violence-wracked city of Ciudad Juarez called on Mexican President Felipe Calderon on October 12 to take action against the climate of impunity shrouding attacks on journalists, joining calls made by freedom of expression groups last month. In an open letter to the president, who was visiting the northern Mexican city, the Association of Journalists of Ciudad Juárez (APCJ) wrote: “We make public our concern and dissatisfaction because we do not want more deaths... MORE
September 23, 2010

Calderón to support federalisation of anti-press crimes

Calling the right to free expression a priority of his government, Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa pledged on Wednesday to push for legislation that would make attacks on journalists a federal crime. In a lengthy meeting with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Inter American Press Association, the president also said federal authorities will soon implement a program to provide security to at-risk journalists, one modeled after a successful effort in... MORE
September 20, 2010

Mexican newspaper curbs drug cartel coverage after death of journalist

The largest newspaper in Mexico’s most violent city has decided to restrict its coverage of the ongoing drugs war after one of its photographers was shot dead. In an editorial printed on the front page of Sunday’s edition, El Diario newspaper, in Ciudad Juárez, asked “What do you want of us?” Directed at the drug cartels, the editorial said: “We ask you to explain what you want from us, what we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect.” The newspaper insisted the... MORE
September 17, 2010

Two Mexican photographers shot in Juárez; one killed

Two photographers were shot by unidentified gunmen in a brazen attack Thursday afternoon in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, the New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. One photographer died, and the other was injured. Luis Carlos Santiago, 21, a photographer with the daily El Diario died around 2:45 p.m. after he and an unidentified colleague were shot by gunmen in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Ciudad Juárez, the local press said... MORE
September 7, 2010

Newspaper threatened in Mexico

Barely 30 hours after an attack by armed assailants on the Noroeste newspaper building in Mazatlán, the newspaper has received a new threat from an unidentified caller demanding that it pay approximately US$15,000 in exchange for not "blowing up" its offices, the Centre for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET) has reported. Directors at Noroeste said that at around 10:40 a.m. on September 2, a person called the offices and demanded that the newspaper pay the money by 3:00 p.m. that afternoon... MORE
August 28, 2010

Car bomb detonates outside Mexico broadcaster in fourth attack on station this year

A car bomb exploded outside the offices of Televisa, Mexico’s largest media organization, in the early hours of Friday, local time. The attack happened in the capital of Tamaulipas state, Ciudad Victoria, about 220 miles south of the Texas border. Although no one was injured in the blast, according to Carlos Loret de Mola, host of Primero Noticias for Televisa on its channel Canal 2, damage was sustained on the outside of the building and the blast could be felt blocks away, with lights going... MORE
August 12, 2010

Mexico: Newspaper editor freed after being held by abductors for 10 days

Ulises González García, editor of Mexican regional weekly La Opinión , who was abducted from his home in Jérez, in the state of Zacatecas, on July 29, was released in the early hours of August 9 and was rushed to a private hospital for treatment to the injuries received during his abduction, some of which appeared to have been caused by torture. Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) expressed relief at the news but stressed that there was no sign of any improvement in the general press... MORE